17.20: Basics of Ensemble Characterization

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler

What’s the difference between an ensemble story, and a story the has a lot of characters in it? Zoraida Cordova joins us for this episode, kicking off an eight-episode mini-master-class about ensembles. In this episode we discuss what makes ensembles work, and how we distinguish the “pro-protagonist” from the “co-protagonist” as we create character arcs.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Look at your pro-protagonist. Free-write a scene in which they’re applying for the job of being the protagonist in your story.

2 thoughts on “17.20: Basics of Ensemble Characterization”

  1. This week, Dan, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard kicked off another masterclass, this time looking at ensemble casts. This episode focused on the basics, from what is an ensemble through picking out the pro-protag and into the question of why sometimes a story needs an ensemble. Lots of examples, from Star Wars to Sailor Moon. Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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